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Community Read continues with screenings, talks

Posted 10/03/16

Our Kids: The American Dream in CrisisFitchburg State’s Community Read of Robert Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis will continue with a movie marathon starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Leominster Public Library. The films “99 Homes” (2014) and “Poor Kids” (2012) will screen for free at the library, located at 30 West St., Leominster. Associate Professor Joseph Moser will lead a discussion after the screenings. Admission is free.

Themes explored in the book will also be discussed in a talk by renowned economist James Galbraith, who will present “Inequality: The Economic Issue of Our Age” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. Dr. Galbraith’s talk is also part of the university’s inauguration and homecoming week programming. Admission is free.

The film “Inequality for All” will screen at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. The film will be introduced by Assistant Professor Christa Marr. Admission is free.

Our Kids is a New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap. Putnam’s volume offers a personal and authoritative look at a new American crisis where a growing “opportunity gap” has emerged over the past 25 years. The crisis challenges the traditional assumption that Americans who have talent and try hard will succeed.

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